I have a pre model 14, S&W K-38 Target Masterpiece. It is in about 85% condition. Two guys said 90%, two guys said 80%. It is a 4 screw model, made in late 1955, 1956, or early 1957, before these types of revolvers were called "model 14s". I have had it for sale for a long time. I have received mostly low-ball offers. I think I am going to withdraw it from being for sale, it has been so frustrating. Some people have tried to say it is just an "early model 14", worth $250 to $300. I do not agree. Thanks in advance
Your Model 14 (K-38) is valued at $350.00 USD in very good (80-95%) condition. A $300.00 USD offer is a valid offer.... which you might want to reconsider.
Actually, the K-38 Masterpiece revolvers, especially in the era of yours, are very fine and desirable target revolvers. At the present time, they are not experiencing the demand that they deserve, largely because too many people seem to think they need a "magnum" revolver or a plastic pistol that holds a bazillion rounds.
Why don't you post a couple clear pictures of your revolver along with the barrel length and serial number? Perhaps we can give you a better idea of the actual condition and then help you with the value. If it really is only in "good" condition, the value may not be higher than you have been told. On the other hand, the description (85%) may not be accurate. Also, the fact that it has the 4 screw frame adds to the potential price. Does it still have the original grips with the diamond around the screw escutcheon?
Hi JP. It is definitely a 4 screw. It does have correct grips. Correct to the exact type of gun, but one guy said he has not certain they were the "original" grips. It has a six inch barrel. The serial # is K 292xxx. If I can add pics I will. thanks for you interest and help.
Have pics, cannot as of yet attach them. Will try later.
That serial number would place the gun in early 1957, so it's just before S&W began putting the model number on the guns.
Are you sure it only has 4 screws? Is there not one on the top of the sideplate just behind the cylinder and just in front of the hammer? I would expect a pre-model numbered K-38 to have all 5 screws.
On the grips, it should have Magna grips. If you carefully remove them, you should find the serial number of the gun impressed in the wood on the underside of the right grip panel. It may be difficult to read, so use a bright lamp and a magnifying glass. In the mid-1950s S&W was numbering the Magna grips with the serial number of the gun they shipped with. They usually did not so number the Target grips. If it has Target grips they would have been a special order item and won't have the serial number. But they also won't have the relief near the top of the left panel.
Let me know. I'm eager to hear more about your gun. My special interest in collecting Smiths is the K-38 Target Masterpiece line.
The only screw near where you describe, is the one on the rear site. I have been told that it is a "4 screw". Two visible on the right side, one under the grip on the same side, one on the front edge of the trigger guard. It is a target model, with target hammer, trigger, and sights. I have pics, but I could not get them on this site. It would be great if you could pm me an e-mail address so I could send pics that way. Obviously a throw away e-mail address would be fine. Thanks again for your help and interest.
Your description is accurate for a 4 screw.
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